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Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ohio Republican, walks to a closed-door GOP caucus as Congress meets to negotiate a legislative path to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts that could kick in Jan. 1., at the Capitol, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ohio Republican, walks to a closed-door GOP caucus as Congress meets to negotiate a legislative path to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts that could kick in Jan. 1., at the Capitol, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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“You can’t point to a time when Congress has been this reluctant to pass farm legislation,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union.” (Associated Press)

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Illustration Obama Face-off with Congress by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

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** FILE ** President Obama acknowledges House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, while speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2012, as he hosts a meeting of the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss the deficit and the economy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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What Congress wants for Christmas. (Illustration by Dana Summers for the Orlando Sentinel)

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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama acknowledges House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio while speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, as he hosted a meeting of the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss the deficit and economy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama acknowledges House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio while speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, as he hosted a meeting of the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss the deficit and economy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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** FILE ** President Obama acknowledges House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, while speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2012, as he hosts a meeting of the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss the deficit and economy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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** FILE ** President Obama acknowledges House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, while speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2012, as he hosts a meeting of the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss the deficit and the economy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt, appearing before a joint session of Congress termed as unprovoked and dastardly the attack by Japan upon Hawaii and the Philippines and asked for an immediate declaration of war, Dec. 8, 1941. (AP Photo)

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Sen.-elect Tim Kaine, a Democrat, will be in the majority in the 113th Congress when it convenes in January, but he insists that he would support proposed changes to filibuster rules that would curb minority-party rights even if his own party were in the minority. (Associated Press)

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Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday for intelligence briefings with members of Congress that included showing security camera footage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. (Associated Press)

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Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday for intelligence briefings with members of Congress that included showing security camera footage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, and Democratic Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District’s nonvoting member of Congress, have been working for the past 18 months on a legislative route to D.C. budget autonomy. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, and Democratic Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District’s nonvoting member of Congress, have been working for the past 18 months on a legislative route to D.C. budget autonomy. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Congress, in attaching a human rights provision to trade legislation, is “making a big mistake.” (Associated Press)

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Congress, in attaching a human rights provision to trade legislation, is “making a big mistake.” (Associated Press)

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**FILE** NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions from the media after speaking about concussions at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in Washington. (Associated Press)

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), second from right, whispers with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), right, as House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), speaks at a press conference announcing leadership positions for the 113th Congress outside the 113th Congress democratic Caucus Organizational meeting in the cannon office building, Washington, D.C., Thursday, November 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)